Trump ordered to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access

Media groups including Fox News joined CNN's legal battle Wednesday to restore Acosta's White House pass as the

A federal judge on November 16 ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly upheld CNN's claim that the White House had violated Acosta's Fifth Amendment right to due process after Trump arbitrarily revoked his press credentials.

As anticipated, the Trump administration's actions against CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta have been deemed an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment and due process principles.

Judge Kelly did not rule on the big First Amendment questions CNN raised, instead limiting his decision to whether the White House had acted arbitrarily in denying Mr. Acosta a thing of value - in this case, the press pass that CNN says is crucial to him doing his job.

"We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days", CNN and Acosta said in a statement.

CNN has argued that the ban on Acosta violated his First Amendment rights because it amounts to "viewpoint discrimination" - that is, the president is punishing him for statements and coverage he didn't like.

Further, Burnham also pointed out that CNN has dozens of other staffers with White House credentials, so excluding Acosta would not harm the network's coverage.

But the judge will rule on all of that later.

Trump said he told his communications team to simply walk out if they don't like the way they are being spoken to by reporters.

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In public, the White House continued to argue that Acosta deserves to be blacklisted because he was too aggressive at the press conference.

During his Presidential campaign, Trump told CNN that he would not kick reporters out the White House.

Ted Boutrous, an attorney who represented CNN in the case, said, "This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism". But reporters must show respect, he said. As such, if the White House wants to crack down on reportorial bad behavior, they should develop standards for what kind of offenses would cause reporters to lose access-not just revoke passes willy-nilly when they provoke the administration.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sanders seemed to change the White House's justification.

The judge said the government could not say who initially chose to revoke Acosta's hard pass and how that decision was reached.

President Trump being interviewed by Fox News' Chris Wallace for "Fox News Sunday" to be broadcast at 2 and 7pm on Sunday Nov.18.

While speaking to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa at the paper's "A New Era of Women in Politics" event, Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications, said the video tweeted by Sanders was not edited.

The White House agreed to temporarily reinstate Acosta's access following the ruling.

The president echoed the need for decorum hours after the ruling, telling reporters they can't stand up and ask three or four questions while refusing to sit down.

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